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May 2023 eNewsletter

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News from Nagle
May 2023 eNewsletter


Greetings, graduate and professional community. It's an exciting time of year! The weather is warming up, daylight lasts longer, and another academic year is coming to a close. We all get excited for the end of a semester and the prospect of summer, but it's a particular exciting time for our spring graduates.

Yes, May is commencement month here in Aggieland -- a time to celebrate our students’ achievement in completing their academic programs and look to bright futures. The May ceremonies are the largest hosted by the university.

Last fall, the university combined the master’s and doctoral ceremonies into one graduate commencement ceremony. This month, over 2,500 master’s students and 240 doctoral students will walk the stage in two ceremonies hosted by the Graduate and Professional School on Saturday, May 13, at Reed Arena. Overall, the College Station campus will host eight commencement ceremonies from May 11-13. 

Students, faculty and staff can find important information about commencement at Congratulations to our graduates! We look forward to seeing everyone in the graduate and professional community on May 13! 

Cassidy Hale
Coordinator for Special Projects
Graduate and Professional School

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Graduate & Professional
Community Spotlight

Graduate Community Fun Night
After a rainout on May 6, we had a beautiful day for Graduate Community Fun Night on Thursday, May 13. About 350 graduate and professional students, with their friends and families, enjoyed pizza, cotton candy, and Frios ice pops, along with lawn games, balloon art, henna tattoos and more. 
See photos from the event.

The Center for the Integration of Research, Learning & Teaching held their annual banquet on Monday, April 17, to honor this year's recipients of CIRTL Associate, Practitioner and Scholar Certifications. See photos from the event.  

Inaugural University-Wide Awards Ceremony
Fifteen doctoral students were honored at the inaugural University-Wide Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 25. 
See the story and a full list of all faculty, staff and student awardees.  

GPSG Banquet
The GPSG held their annual banquet on Tuesday, April 25. At the event the Graduate and Professional School presented awards to our 
Distinguished Dissertation and Montgomery Award winners. 

Have students or an event/program you think should be spotlighted? Email

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Professional Development

G.R.A.D. Aggies Certificate Ceremony 
The G.R.A.D. Aggies Program would like to congratulate this year's 145 certificate recipients! Recipients, pictured above, were honored on Wednesday, April 26, with a reception at the University Club.  

G.R.A.D. Aggies: Earn credit towards the G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate Program and RAP Travel Award eligibility. For a complete list of upcoming G.R.A.D. Aggies professional development events click the button below.

G.R.A.D. Aggies Events →

Grad School Research & Presentation (RAP) Travel Award: Need additional funding support for travel for conferences or research? Check out the RAP Travel Award. The next deadline for applications is August 1. 


Graduate Mentoring Academy: The Graduate Mentoring Academy provides graduate research mentoring development opportunities for faculty and graduate and professional students to improve their mentor and mentee skills and to promote a culture of mentoring at Texas A&M. Click below for session schedules and to register.


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Academic Deadlines & Dates

Stay up-to-date! Visit the Grad School Calendar, the Grad School's Dates & Deadlines information page, International Student and Scholar Services Important Dates, and the University Academic Calendar for information about the upcoming dates and deadlines listed below and more.

  • Last day of spring semester classes
  • Last day to apply for all degrees to be awarded in May
  • Graduation application opens for August 2023 graduation
  • Spring semester final examinations
  • Grades due for all degree candidates
  • Last day for Graduate and Professional School to receive completed thesis research proposal form in DocuSign
  • 2023-2024 Dissertation Fellowship Application deadline (round 1) 
  • Master’s and Doctoral Commencement
  • Earliest employment start date for F-1 students requesting Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization for summer 2023
  • Final grades for all students due
  • First day to apply for degrees to be awarded in August 2023
  • First day students are able to clear Thesis and Dissertation Services for August 2023 graduation
  • Memorial Day - Faculty and staff holiday
  • Last day to register for first term and 10-week semester classes
  • 1st day of first term and 10-week semester classes

Information for Fellows
Aggie One Stop Important Fellowship Dates
Fellows Insurance Reimbursement Details

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Upcoming Events 

Grad-A-Thon - Wednesday, May 3, 2023 1-3 p.m., Evans Library, 6th floor Grad Lounge
In recognition of their work to reach this semester's finish line, Texas A&M University Libraries invites graduate and professional students to join us for our "Grad-a-thon." We will provide refreshing drinks and an opportunity to network in Sterling C. Evans Library's Grad Lounge (6th floor, Room 611). There will be library giveaways while supplies last!

The space will be open to graduate and professional students for studying or grading leading up to and immediately following the event.

Master’s & Doctoral Commencement - Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. 

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Education and Human Development
  • Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Public Health

Master’s & Doctoral Commencement - Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m.

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Mays Business School
  • Performance, Visualization and Fine Arts
  • Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) Young Researcher Conference  - Wednesday, May 17 - Friday, May 19. Register by May 3!


Q&A with Grad School Staff: Kim Widdison
The Graduate Records Processing Team (L to R: Karen Seago, Trent Smith, Kim Widdison, Raiden Sawyer, Layne Wells)

News from Nagle caught up with Graduate Records Coordinator Kim Widdison just about a week before the processing team’s final push to clear degree candidates for spring graduation. Read the full interview on the Grad School website. 

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Wellness Corner

Race to the Finish: Dealing with End of Semester Stress!

'Tis the season for higher levels of stress, with end of semester projects, finals, and graduation. 

Please be sure to take care of yourself. Here are some tips from Student Life, and be sure to take advantage of resources available to you like:

If you or someone you know needs immediate emotional support, don't wait. Please reach out to CAPS anytime between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when the university is open. HelpLine is available from 4 p.m. - 8 a.m. weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends when classes are in session at (979) 845-2700. 


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Faculty & Staff Section

If you work in a support role for graduate and professional students, stay informed by subscribing to the Graduate Advisors Listserv!


Professional Development Opportunities

Be on the look out for your invitation to the Graduate Advisor Workshop in mid-July!

Awards & Fellowship INFORMATION AND Deadlines: Please review the following opportunities to nominate your eligible graduate and professional students

Related knowledge

Graduate Committee Degree Evaluation Guide
Academic Requirements Completion System (ARCS) Grad Advisor (Precommittee) Guide
Preliminary Examination Request

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